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Pittsfield School Committee Updated on Beginning of School Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:13AM / Saturday, September 14, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public Schools has started the new school year with more than 5,000 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through Grade 12.   School administrators provided an update the beginning of the year at Wednesday's School Committee meeting.   "I would like to welcome everybody back and it is hard to believe we are at the start of another school years but here we are," Chairwoman Katherine Yon said at the meeting broadcast on Pittsfield Community Television.   Superintendent Jason McCandless thanked the many people who helped prepare the schools for incoming students as well as community members who help make the Pittsfield

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McCann Technical School Bus Routes 2019
01:40PM / Tuesday, September 03, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School opens for the school year Thursday, Sept. 5. Freshman should report to the cafeteria on arrival, sophomores and juniors to their technical areas and seniors to the gym.

Start at 8 a.m. and dismissal at 2:45 p.m.


    (10th; a.m. 715 / p.m. 611)
 

6:58     425 Wells Road
7:00     Wells Road at Pine Valley
7:02     63 Wells Ave.
7:03     Route 8 at Briggs Drive
7:05     Route 8 at Arnold Court
7:15     Old Windsor Mill
7:16     Commercial at Leonard
7:18     Commercial at

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Pittsfield Public Schools Set Opening Dates for 2019-20
09:50AM / Wednesday, August 28, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public Schools will open Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, with individual grades operating according to the following schedule:   : First day for students is Wednesday, Sept. 4, but individual schools will host orientation on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Students will attend half-days through Sept. 13. Full-day kindergarten begins on Monday, Sept. 16.   Full day on Tuesday, Sept. 3.     Half days: 8:30/8:40 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. Full days: 8:30/8:40 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.   Orientation for students and their parents/guardians will be held in the morning beginning at 7:25 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3.   Delayed start time on Tuesday,

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BCC Announces New Deans, Directors and Staff Changes
11:15AM / Tuesday, August 27, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass.— Berkshire Community College has announced the hiring of new deans, directors and staff on campus – as well as new titles for a variety of current staff.

Kevin Bechard is the new dean of Business and Outreach. Bechard comes to the college from Manchester Community College in Connecticut, where he was faculty and department chair of Business, Paralegal and Technology. He has his master's degree in business administration and his bachelor's degree from the University of Hartford.

Dr. Laurie Gordy is the new dean of Humanities, Behavioral & Social Sciences. Gordy was previously faculty and dean of Academic Affairs (and interim chief academic

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Junior Achievement Recognizes Founder Murray Crane
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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Douglas Crane says JA is one of his great-great-grandfather's 'most enduring and most impactful actions.' DALTON, Mass. — A century ago, Sen. Winthrop Murray Crane joined with two other prominent business leaders to create an organization that would help prepare young people for careers in an industrialized society.    Junior Achievement, now an international organization, has touched the lives of more than 100 million young people since it founding.    On Friday, Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts recognized Crane's role in its success by presenting a Founders Award to one of his descendants, Douglas Crane, at the Crane Museum of

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Pittsfield City Council Accepts Increased Chapter 70 School Spending Plan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Thursday, August 15, 2019
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Superintendent Jason McCandless outlines his plan on Tuesday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City Council approved a spending plan for the nearly $1.3 million Chapter 70 increase that will improve the district's alternative school and fill staffing gaps.     City Council unanimously approved a spending plan layout Tuesday that will provide the school district with a $1,285,600 shot in the arm — pumping resources in both the elementary and middle schools.    "We know that this money was directly and specifically aimed at communities that need it the most," Superintendent Jason McCandless said.  "I can assure you ... many of our

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Pittsfield Schools Launching New African-American Studies Courses
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:54AM / Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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Mabel Hamilton provides opening remarks about the importance of the classes. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mabel Hamilton remembers when stories of African American history weren't just passed down from family to family, but were reinforced in schools.   The city school system had offered African American studies, delving into the history and contributions of the black community as part of the American story. But a few decades ago, the school district cut the class and that history faded from the curriculum.   "Life is a cycle and if we do not know where we come from, we will not know where we are going," Hamilton said.   Hamilton was addressing a crowd at

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Pittsfield School Committee Accepts Increased Chapter 70 Spending Plan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Tuesday, August 13, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee set a spending plan for an extra $1.3 million increase in state funding that it hadn't anticipated Monday night.   The plan is eyed to benefit the middle and elementary schools as well as alternative programs.   The School Committee held a special meeting Monday to approve the state funding increase that will go before the City Council on Tuesday night.    "We tend to ... base our numbers on not the rosiest scenarios but the most likely scenarios," Superintendent Jason McCandless said. "This is one of the few times in my career I have seen, in terms of finances, the rosiest scenario play

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Berkshire Business Interns Recognized for Summer Efforts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:43AM / Sunday, August 11, 2019
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Lever's Jeffrey Thomas gives a T-shirt to intern Jade Schnauber because she's kind of a big deal.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — They say that doing is the best way to learn. So for 10 weeks, 44 college students have had a chance experience how their education can be applied to real-world settings.    The Berkshire Business Interns, winnowed from more than 500 applications this past spring, worked in 20 different organizations, businesses and municipalities throughout the county this summer. About two-thirds hail from the Berkshires.   For Steven Luciano of Boston, who is studying international business at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, it was a chance

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Miss Hall's School Names Dean of Equity and Inclusion
11:13AM / Friday, August 09, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has hired Paula M. Lima Jones of Amherst, Mass., as the school's first dean of equity and inclusion.

In this new role, Lima Jones will provide direction and leadership for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Miss Hall's, working closely with students and adults to facilitate a culture of inclusivity on and beyond the MHS campus. A member of the school's senior Leadership Team, Lima Jones will join the dean of academics and faculty and dean of students to launch new DEI programming and strengthen ongoing institutional efforts toward achieving the school's strategic goal of inclusive community.

"I am thrilled

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